mater mea is an online magazine that profiles the lives of working moms of color through gorgeous photography and compelling features. Agatha Achindu, the founder of organic baby food line Yummy Spoonfuls, shares how she balances her home life and her busy schedule.
There’s very little room for resting in entrepreneur Agatha Achindu’s packed schedule. Even when her two younger children have been tucked in bed for a few hours, Achindu is still at it, working on another round of paperwork and food prep that awaits her in the kitchen of her home in Atlanta. As the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of organic baby food sold in retailers like Whole Foods, sleep is a luxury the 47-year-old left behind years ago, thanks to the demands of caring for her sons — Georges (24), Malcolm (16), and Jared-Zane (10) — and running her own business. Although the constant shuffle can be hectic, Achindu believes that the level of sacrifice is worth it.
“The biggest challenge to me is being in a million different places at a million different times because of how I choose to parent,” she says. “Everything is hands on. We don’t do any fast food. We don’t do any processed food. No matter how busy I am, we have to cook. That is my biggest challenge, but at the end of the day I am grateful that I have the opportunity and [the] willpower to do it.”
How do you keep your family a priority?
Separating business and home was a huge obstacle in the beginning. When I worked for someone else, I would come home and be done with my job. I didn’t have to bring work home with me. With the new business, I would bring work home: scheduling meetings and always thinking about next steps. You have to work at being more mindful about separating business and family. What has worked for me is using a planner. I schedule everything including date night. Unless someone dies, my schedule doesn’t shift. During playdates with my boys, the phones are turned off and we play uninterrupted. Never underestimate the power of planning and keeping a schedule. That has really worked for me. At the end of the day you feel good and you don’t feel guilty.
Read the full interview at mater mea.